Mar 312015
 March 31, 2015
Alaska Bill That Would Have Banned Marijuana Concentrates Is Defeated

Alaska has had quasi-legal marijuana for several decades now, due to the case of Rakin v. Alaska (1975). That quasi-legal status went to full legalization status after the 2014 Election, during which Alaska voters approved marijuana legalization on Election Day. Since then some members of the Alaska Legislature, and some municipalities, have been trying to attack the implementation of the successful initiative. One effort died yesterday at the Alaska Legislature. Alaska Senator Pete Kelly had sought to bad marijuana edibles, but that proposal was voted down fortunately. Per Alaska Dispatch News: After lengthy debate, an amendment introduced by Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, that

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Mar 312015
 March 31, 2015
Attend The Women Grow Phoenix Networking Event

If you are a female that is in the marijuana industry, or wants to be in the marijuana industry, and are in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area on April 2nd, you should consider attending the event below: Women Grow Networking Events connect aspiring and current professionals in the cannabis industry. Through our monthly events, our members develop authentic relationships via personal contact and networking. While our events are women focused, our networking series attracts both men and women to connect. Women Grow Networking Events occur the first Thursday of every month. If you’re unavailable for this date, sign up for Women Grow’s newsletter to get

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Mar 312015
 March 31, 2015
Hear Julie Berliner, Founder Of Sweet Grass Kitchen, Speak At The Spring Marijuana Business Conference And Expo

Marijuana edibles are popular these days. Very popular. So popular in fact that marijuana edibles made up roughly 45% of all marijuana sales in Colorado last year. Colorado sold just under $700 million dollars worth of marijuana products last year. That’s not exactly small potatoes. And that’s just Colorado. Anyone with basic logical reasoning skills can figure out that there’s enormous potential for profit in the marijuana edible sector of the marijuana industry. I know many, many people that are looking into starting marijuana edible companies. I tell all of them the same thing when they ask my advice. I point out that

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Mar 302015
 March 30, 2015
Testimony For Oregon Marijuana Legalization Public Hearing

Right now as I type there is a public hearing taking place at Oregon’s capital in Salem for the Oregon Measure 91 Joint Implementation Committee. Below is a transcript of a testimony that Portland NORML’s Executive Director Russ Belville will present at the hearing: Chair Rep. Lininger, Chair Sen. Burdick, and members of the Joint Implementation Committee, good evening.  My name is Russ Belville and I am the Executive Director of the Portland Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  As such, I join hundreds of thousands of adult marijuana consumers in opposing Senate Bill 936. Marijuana

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Mar 302015
 March 30, 2015
Hear Josh Stanley, Founder Of Citiva Medical, Speak At The Spring Marijuana Business Conference And Expo

Josh Stanley is a pioneer of the Colorado medical marijuana industry. Josh Stanley founded Citiva Medical with , the first true medical marijuana clinic in Colorado. Josh founded the medical clinic after he found relief himself in medical cannabis. His story is powerful. One of his favorite hobbies is hang gliding. As he says, he was really good at flying it, but not very good at landing it. That led to back surgeries, which led to the use of opiate-based painkillers. Like many Americans, he became addicted to the painkillers. During what he calls ‘a very dark time in his life,’

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Mar 292015
 March 29, 2015
Oregon 'Marijuana Czar' Firing Creates Many Questions

Tom Burns was the head of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and oversaw the roll out of dispensary licenses. He toured the state participating in speaking engagements, and was considered by many within Oregon state government to be the ‘go to’ guy on marijuana policy. So it didn’t surprise anyone when Tom Burns left the Oregon Heath Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) to take the lead on implementing marijuana legalization at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). But after just three months on the job with the OLCC, Tom Burns was abruptly fired. Rumors started swirling immediately

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Mar 292015
 March 29, 2015
Hear Doug Leighton, Co-Founder Of Dutchess Capital, Speak At The Spring Marijuana Business Conference And Expo

Everyday of the week I get e-mails and messages on social media from people trying to pitch a marijuana business idea that they have. Sometimes it’s an invention, sometimes it’s a service, often times it’s a website, and often times it’s just people trying to tout their cultivation skills and they want someone to invest with them. For a very long time, there were no big investors in the marijuana industry because they were turned off by the lack of structure and questionable legalities of the opportunities available. My how times have changed. There are investors from all kinds of

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Mar 282015
 March 28, 2015
New Marijuana Start-Up Accelerator CanopyBoulder Raises $1.2 Million

CanopyBoulder has successfully raised $1.2 million to invest in 20 early-stage startups providing ancillary products and services to the legal cannabis industry. CanopyBoulder will run two, first-of-their-kind business accelerator boot camps for these startups in 2015.  We hope that you will join us on March 30th to celebrate the company’s Opening Day launch party with featured guest speaker Steve DeAngelo.  Steve is a national thought leader and President of the ArcView Group, America’s leading angel investment network for the cannabis industry as well as Executive Director of Harborside Health Center, the nation’s model medical cannabis dispensary in Oakland, California. “Since we partnered

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Mar 282015
 March 28, 2015
Colorado Cannabis Chamber Calls For Marijuana Testing Reference Library

Today, the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (C4) called for a marijuana testing reference library in support of amended HB15-1283 currently underway in the Colorado legislature. “The mandatory testing requirements for retail marijuana were put into place before there were standards established for the labs,” C4 President Tyler Henson explained. “Unfortunately this led to a wide disparity in testing results from lab to lab.” The C4 Chamber possesses documented surveys by members who have submitted samples from the same batches to different licensed labs in Colorado, only to receive drastically different results – upwards of 40%. Henson continued, “Because of

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Mar 282015
 March 28, 2015
Industry Leaders Advocate Best Practices For Cannabis Regulation, Labeling And Manufacturing

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) Cannabis Committee, in coordination with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), and the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), announces the release of a joint statement advocating for implementation of best practices for the regulation of consumable, topical, and inhalant cannabis and hemp-derived products to ensure quality and consumer safety.  These best practices were developed with the input of numerous industry experts and establish common language and defined terms for the transparent and accurate labeling of these products to support responsible commerce and informed use of the cannabis plant. AHPA, ASA and HIA will be promoting these

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